Craig Jones named as Stafford and Rural Homes’ new Director of Finance and Commerce

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) has appointed Craig Jones as its new Director of Finance and Commerce.

Mr Jones joins the Midland’s based housing association, which was named 20th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Not-for-Profit Organisations To Work For 2014, from Deloitte where he is a Director in the public services finance practice.

The 43-year-old, who will take up the role later in the year, has spent 18 years working in finance and commerce roles across local government, central government and the health industry.  Mr Jones started his career working at a housing association in Derby.

Mr Jones said: “These are changing times for local public services with an increased emphasis on improving links between housing, social care and health service provision to deliver better value and positively impact people’s lives.

“SARH is an ambitious and high performing organisation that operates right at the heart of this agenda. I am excited at the opportunity to be part of the SARH team, working with local stakeholders to deliver continued growth and success in local neighbourhoods and communities.”

Karen Armitage, Chief Executive at Stafford and Rural Homes, said: “Craig brings a huge amount of experience and we are delighted to welcome him to the team.

“We are a housing association with big plans for the future and we feel that in Craig we have found someone who matches our aspirations.”

Mr Jones replaces former Director of Finance and Business Services Grant Shipley, who left earlier this year. 

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